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Benjamin Smith II & James Smith III An Elegant George III Dessert Basket

Silver-gilt & glass
London, 1809
Maker’s mark of Benjamin & James Smith

Length: 32cm, 12.5in
Weight: 1,792g, 57oz 12dwt

£65,000

Silversmith Biography

Benjamin and James Smith were brother who were in partnership from 1809 until 1812 after having registered their joint mark. They lived and worked in Birmingham, for some time in partnership with Matthew Boulton, before moving to London to work closely with Paul Storr and the renowned firm of Rundell & Bridge. The excellent quality of their work is such that it is comparable to the royal silversmith, Paul Storr; the work of Benjamin Smith can be found in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen.

Description

The basket on four feet decorated with shells, the body imitating an openwork basket decorated with vine tendrils, leaves and grapes. Each leaf cast and applied individually.

An Elegant George III Dessert Basket Reference: 22936.1